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Sources for business history: catalogues of bank files

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

News archive for 2021

Treasure of the Month for June 2021

This month, Deputy Archivist Natalie Attwood takes a personal look at the often neglected flora and fauna of our roadsides, and reflects on the relevance of today's '#NoMowMay' campaign to early conservation work by members of the English Rothschild family.

Posted on the 1st June 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for May 2021

This month, as our museums, galleries, libraries and archives begin to again welcome visitors, we recall the great collections assembled by the Rothschild family. 175 years ago, the London house of Rothschild played a key role in establishing one of great repositories of knowledge in the world – The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. 

Posted on the 1st May 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for April 2021

As we move into Spring with the promise of sunshine and fresh breezes, our thoughts turn away from the dark days of Winter. Our gardens begin to burst into life, as Spring bulbs break through to bring colour and joy, affirming our faith in the future. This month we look back to the gardens of Gunnersbury at the turn of the 20th century.

Posted on the 1st April 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for March 2021

As a revolution hits our high streets with century-old names disappearing and fundamental changes in the way we purchase goods from jeans to washing machines, this month we look back to an almost forgotten but nonetheless momentous change in our shopping routines. Fifty years ago, the first few months of 1971 saw a transformation in our purses and wallets – the introduction of decimal currency, which had first been proposed in 1824.

Posted on the 1st March 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for February 2021

In recent weeks, as the global pandemic continues, the media has highlighted the shocking increasing issue of food poverty in the UK. This month we look back to how Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879) took the lead in responding to another human crisis - the Irish Famine of 1847.

Posted on the 1st February 2021  | Read more…

Treasure of the Month for January 2021

Communication has always been a key factor in the successful nature of Rothschild businesses; even if business itself was interrupted communication would always find its way to New Court. With this in mind, this month we reflect on how a historical epidemic from nearly 200 years ago threatened to disrupt the then only form of communication; the letter.

Posted on the 1st January 2021  | Read more…